Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wasaga Beach Lions Club Helps the Storm-ravaged Areas of the Philippines

Wasaga Beach Lions Beverly and Leo Fowler present $1,000 to PDG Dave Hewitt Lions Club International Foundation District A-12 Chair.  

Lions Club International Foundation immediately sent US$30,000 to provide relief early Friday morning. This was prior to initial reports of the total devastation unfolding hour by hour.
By Friday afternoon, Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) provided a Major Catastrophe Grant of US$100,000. But that’s not all. As the storm struck, it happened that the 52nd Orient and South East Asia Lions (OSEAL) Forum  was underway in Singapore. The Lions from OSEAL within hours donated an additional US$370,000 designated funds for Philippines relief efforts, bringing the total funds to US$500,000.
Officials now estimate that 9.5 million are affected, half million are homeless, and the death toll is rapidly rising. Entire towns along the coast have been decimated.
There are more than 12,600 Lions in the Philippines in 380 clubs, with four clubs in Cebu, and one club in the disaster epicenter of Tacloban. Lions on the ground were already busy serving people affected by last month’s major earthquake in nearby Bohol.

Our Club also purchased 2 classroom kits through LCIF and UNICEF’s “School in a Box” program.   Each kit contains supplies and materials for a teacher and up to 40 students. The purpose of the kit is to ensure the continuation of children's education by the first 72 hours of an emergency.  These proceeds come from the proceeds of our Home and Garden Show. 
Although we are a local Service Club, where our primary service is to our community, we are also part of an International Service Club.
Besides the Disaster Relief, LCIF provides other grants to Lions Clubs to help with local projects.  Canada received $909,715 in Grants in 2012-2013.
 WE SERVE.  If you would like to have Fun and help others in your community and around the world, give us a call  (705) 429-3331 or go to 
Janice Campbell, President.               

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